Makeup application can be quite fascinating when the correct tools are used. A basic makeup brush set is essential in achieving a clean flawless look. Makeup brushes also help to reduce waste and time spent applying makeup.
For everyday makeup application a basic set of 5 makeup brushes will do the magic.
1. Powder brush
2. Foundation brush
3. Blush brush
4. Eye shadow brush
5. Lip brush
Each brush is designed to apply makeup flawlessly.
This is usually the largest brush in the set. The bristles are made from horse, goat or squirrel hair because this type of hair tends to pick up powder particles easily and evenly distribute it on the face.
There are also good synthetic powder brushes available for those who are allergic to animal hair or those who are particular about cruelty free products.
The powder brush ensures a smooth and flawless application using less product and less time.
The powder puff which usually come with most powders are not effective in achieving a flawless application.
It tends to habour a lot of bacteria because of the material it is made from, also because it comes in very close contact with the skin during application it absorbs oil and moisturizer which build up and form bacteria. Finally, because it is stored inside the powder compact after use which doesn’t allow for much air. This allows the bacteria from the sponge transfer nicely unto your powder.(Thankfully most powder compacts now have a separate compartment at the base for the sponge which helps a bit).
However, a powder brush is essential.
This brush is usually made from synthetic fibers which are designed to pick up liquid cosmetic products without absorbing it before application. It is usually flat and silky to touch and it does an amazing job of distributing foundation evenly all over the face.
This is usually next in size to the powder brush. It is also made from animal hair which is best for applying cosmetics generally. The blush brush is designed smaller than the powder brush for ease of control and precise application of blush around the cheek area.
This brush ensures smooth application and blending of eye shadow over the eyelids.
Eye shadow applicators shown in the picture below hardly do a great job of applying eye shadow evenly.
The lip brush comes in very handy when blending lip
liner and lipstick for a clean smooth finish. And also for even distribution of lip colour.
Care of brushes.
Brushes should be cleaned once a week to avoid buildup of bacteria.
Using warm water and dish washing liquid wash the brush bristles gently in a downward motion until lather is clean. Rinse with warm water and dry them on the edge of a table making sure the bristles are placed over the edge so they dry quickly.
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